RE: [code-switching] Re: 2 questions
> Greetings to you all[mariano]
> You might find my questions rather stupid... but I
> guess I need to know a
> bit about them anyway... so bear with me please...
> 1) Is there any difference what so ever between
> "codeswitching", "code switching" and "code-switching'?
> Different researchers seem to use a different spelling
> of the term so I only wondered why... or like why isn't
> there a unified spelling for the term?
> Dear Mona,
Well, in my opinion as an area of study for wich any single
word of natural language does not fit, it is coined a new word
joining two wors by means of a hyphen. The need for that is
to avoid the different logical properties that have words
with respect sintagmas: "code switching" and "code-switching".
If we speak of "codes switching" we have two directions for
studies prior to joining them, but even thing we might be
interested in all kinds of "codes" (Are we not?), we are not
interested in all kinds of "switching" (Are we?), but are
interested in cases of both at the same time code *and* switching.
So the hyphen is introduced "code-switching". In some sense,
that hyphen still shows that we are in an area of hypothetical study
and not in daily natural language. But for some researchers either
they feel it as a daily expresion that is worthy to include in daily natural
language, or they would like things to be that way so that they
make it to look as a daily natural language word (or they hate
hyphens :-)). I think it is better to keep the hyphen, because by other
ortographic trick as are capital letters both words are capitalized:
Code Switching, CS, what may indicate that they are just two
concepts put together to be treated as one concept/word.
With respect code-switching of wich I'm not an expert at all -as
you might think- I think that a strong hypothesis like that there
is only code-switching when the user knows/has two or more
codes and consciously changes from one to another is not what
is intended by it, although that is what it seems to suggest to me.
The proper hypothesis seems to me should be a weak one, were
the compoun word "code-switching" is not so clearly asociated with
the object it gives name but rather functions as a lavel for a
variety of observations for wich the change of code in some of them
might not be even its most characteristic property.
- --- In code-switching@y..., Celso Alvarez Cáccamo <lxalvarz@u...>
> At any rate, I
> suppose CS cannot stand for 'codeswitching',which is just one word;
> knowledge, single words cannot have two initials ;-) .Television = TV
I'm not a linguist but I have interpreted for one!
St. Louis, MO